Flat Shoals/I-285 roadwork completion delayed - to 2019

Construction on Flat Shoals Parkway, shown in a file photo from summer 2015, is still underway.

Construction on Flat Shoals Parkway, shown in a file photo from summer 2015, is still underway.

This is "Actual Factual DeKalb," a regular column in which I answer reader questions about goings-on and history in DeKalb County.

This time, everyone is wondering the same thing: when will roadwork at Flat Shoals Road and I-285 ever end? Ever?

Among the readers to ask about it was Tracy, who posed: "Why was the I-85 bridge re-built in six weeks, but the bridge at Flat Shoals Road and I-285 is going past 2 years? I had my first accident in 28 years in this mess."

It’s a reasonable question, considering the project was supposed to be done by September. Instead, the Georgia Department of Transportation confirms it will be more like February 2019.

The reason for the delay, according to GDOT, is two water mains, which will have to be moved from under the road. GDOT says it’s working on ways to expedite the construction.

The agency has a website with an extensive frequently-asked-questions section, which actually addresses Reader Tracy's question:

— I am a staff writer with the AJC and a proud DeKalb County resident. To submit “Actual Factual DeKalb” questions, contact me at joshua.sharpe@ajc.com@JoshuaWSharpe on Twitter or via the form below.

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